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Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Marina and the Sparkling Diamond

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There is something magical happening with the UK's new singers; they either share a passion for synths or for Kate Bush. And on special occasions, both. Marina (as in the Diamonds) is a girl with a tiny waist and a monstrous voice who just did a song that's adorable, interesting and yet simple. 'I Am not a Robot' has a lullaby melody that will put your shoulders to move in opposite ways of your head, but the great star here is her voice: angelical, precise and sparkling.

 

However, her sparkling voice is no matching for her glittering outfit (can we consider body paint an outfit?) used for the video clip. A naked Marina, shot from her shoulders up, is fully dressed in black shiny make up that justifies the Diamonds in her artist name. She is also painted in different colours, one that is quite similar to those crazy Lovefoxxx looks, and one that's more viva glam - there is also the natural Marina.

 

Marina and the Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot

 

And it wouldn't be a 2009 release without the remixes - and in this case she is backed by three good releases. The Aspirins For My Children remix is as good as the original (dubstep beats, atmosphere feel and europop synths), whilst The Shoes remix stress her position as the English answer to the Canadian singer Feist, and finally the Starsmith representing a more introspective side of the dark synthpop.

 

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The Crown Jewels EP, which also has two new songs, was released on the 22th of June via Neon Gold.

Comments // 1
Gustavo Abreu
Gustavo Abreu
Wednesday // June 26, 2009 at 19:22 // #1
nao sei pq a voz dela me lembra a da mina do 4 non blondes (mas soh no refrao, claro)
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